By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Friday, November Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) is the new chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA).
AG Strange officially assumed the chairmanship of RAGA during the national association’s meeting this weekend in Austin, Texas.
AG Strange said in a statement, “I’m honored to be named chairman of a group that ‘The Wall Street Journal’ last week hailed as ‘conservatism’s last line of defense.’”
AG Strange said, “I look forward to leading my fellow conservative AGs as we join the Trump administration in peeling back layers of regulatory overreach that have stifled the American economy and have made a mockery of constitutional limitations on federal power. For the last six years we have played defense. We’ve stood against the tide of federal regulations and stopped the ones we could such as the EPA’s war on coal-fired energy and Waters of the US. Now it’s time to turn that tide.”
The Republican Attorneys General Association has grown in membership to 29 Republican attorney generals from across America, picking up three new members after the 2016 elections.
Attorney General Strange succeeds Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette as chairman of RAGA for the term of November 2016 to November 2017.
Strange grew up in Homewood, graduated from Shades Mountain High School, and has both his undergraduate and law degrees from Tulane University.
Luther Johnson Strange III ran for Lieutenant Governor in 2006, narrowly losing to former Governor Jim Folsom Jr. (D) 49.14 percent to 50.61 percent. In 2010 Strange defeated incumbent AG Troy King (R) in the Republican Primary and went on to defeat James Anderson (D) in the General Election 58.84 percent to 41.07 percent. In 2014 Strange defeated State Representative Joe Hubbard (D) to win reelection 58.39 percent to 41.42 percent.
Strange is 63 and is seen as one of the likely frontrunners for the Republican nomination for Governor in 2018. Incumbent Gov. Robert Bentley (R) is term limited from running again.